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The Great Bath

The main purpose of our visit to Bath was to see the Roman Baths, fed by 3 hot springs--the only naturally occurring hot springs in the UK.

This is the Great Bath, where the ancient Romans swam and relaxed in the hot waters fed directly from the Sacred hot spring.  This would have originally been covered by a pitched timber roof.  I have kept it in color so that you can see how green the water is.

See the structure in the background?  That's the Abbey, which I'll be showing on Sunday.

This is a series on Bath, England, when we visited on February 24th.

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]

The Great Bath

The main purpose of our visit to Bath was to see the Roman Baths, fed by 3 hot springs--the only naturally occurring hot springs in the UK.

This is the Great Bath, where the ancient Romans swam and relaxed in the hot waters fed directly from the Sacred hot spring.  This would have originally been covered by a pitched timber roof.  I have kept it in color so that you can see how green the water is.

See the structure in the background?  That's the Abbey, which I'll be showing on Sunday.

This is a series on Bath, England, when we visited on February 24th.

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]

comments (28)

  • alex
  • messy apartment in boise, idaho
  • 11 Apr 2007, 00:38
this brings back some very fuzzy memories. the only time i have ever been in england, i was 10. (17 years ago)

Bath is one of the places i remember the most.

i like how you composed this one...it steps up from right to left.
Ginnie Hart: I had to crop the right a bit, Alex, because the columns and lamps were quite distracting. This is really an enclosed rectangular space.
  • Martin
  • USA
  • 11 Apr 2007, 00:55
Does anybody swim there? I like the warm yellows. It works well in color and the collection of styles is quite interesting!

I don't know anything about Bath, but none of these structures look like they date back to Roman times except maybe the chopped off columns on the left. Do you know how old the bathhouse is?
Ginnie Hart: I'm quite sure no one swims here now, Martin. But the lower part of these baths are from the first century! The upper parts above the pillars are supposedly from the 18th century. Lots of history there!
Love the colors. Not sure I would want to bath here though. Maybe a few (hundred) years ago it might have been a little more crystal clear. smile Sure it is just for visiting now days not bathing... I hope.
Ginnie Hart: You are absolutely correct, John. It's all for our wild imagination now!
I've heard about the great bath, and am so glad you posted this picture in color. I agree with Alex, it's a great picture. Your eyes have a path to travel! Hope you are doing well, Ginnie! smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Kay. And yes, I'm out-n-about every day thus far in A'dam, taking lots of pics on gloriously sunshiny days. You'll see some of them later, of course. smile
I really love the reflection and the depth of the photo itself..
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Jen.
  • Robs
  • 11 Apr 2007, 03:06
Great reflection, the water has a weird color, do you know why it is so green?
Ginnie Hart: Johnny says the green is from the phosphorous from the hot springs. I'm sure that's exactly right!
Nice to see colors after some time Ginnie smile Great capture, the reflection works for me.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Are you telling me you're tired of my conversions, Thomas? grin Well, this one HAD to be in color because of the water. Glad you like it.
This is another awesome photograph, Ginnie. I hope you are enjoying Amsterdam.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, DD. I'm LOVIN A'dam. Have gone out every day taking pics of just about everything! smile
Hi Ginnie. I like mirrors effects... And you've got a nice composition there.. Fine !
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Roland. Thanks.
Nice shot. Although I wouldn't want to do ANYTHING in that water..LOL
Ginnie Hart: HA! I bet it WOULD feel nice and warm on a cold day, Shakara!
I believe the water is that color becsue of the stone and the little bit of phosphorus that comes up from the hot spring underground. Very nice comp Ginnie, must have been cool that day considering the way every one is covered up, bet you two didn't have a bath! smile
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Johnny, it was still cool back at the end of February. But I personally prefer cool too hot, so I was a happy camper! smile

Thanks for the added commentary on the green water. That helps a lot.
This brings back memories Ginnie. Did you taste the waters? I don't know if you like murder mystery stories but after I visited Bath, I came across three that are set in Bath and I enjoyed them particularly because I'd been and could visualise the locations. In one, "Funeral Music", the first murder is actually set in the Baths. There are two others - "A Fearful Symmetry" and "Fruitful Bodies" all by Morag Joss. They are quite well written and co-incidentally, the heroine is a beautiful Cellist and it kind of inspired yesterday's blog as a book cover idea!
Ginnie Hart: I love these added tidbits, PP. Thanks! I knew that Jane Austen lived there awhile (though I understand she did not like Bath, which is totally beyond me!) and wrote "Persausion" there. Did she also write "Pride and Prejudice" there? Anyway, your pic from yesterday SHOULD be on a cover somewhere!!!
  • mal
  • 11 Apr 2007, 13:03
lovely reflections Ginnie and a great image all round. mal
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Mal.
Hi Ginnie -- somewhere in one of my photo albums is a similar view taken many years ago when I visited this place with my old (then brand-new) SLR. Your digital camera has made the scene vibrant and lifelike. Great shot!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Karen. It's hard to find shots that aren't what everyone else has already seen. On the other hand, I had never seen ANY shots of Bath, so all of this is new to me. Hopefully I'll have a couple shots that are a bit more original. smile
To me the reflections and the people makes the pic for me. Sometimes buldings look great just beeing alone, but I think this one needs some people to add that little extra...in my humble opinion smile
Ginnie Hart: I like your humble opinion, Aksel, and agree. smile
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 11 Apr 2007, 17:15
I agree with those who've said this was a welcome sight in color, as much as I've loved the b&w/sepia tones of the others. Keepin' the variety! What a lovely photo, and the reflections are lovely.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Ruth. So I'm very glad I kept this in color. grin
  • Petra
  • 11 Apr 2007, 17:57
your photo's could easily be used for travel bookes Ginnie!!
Well done again!
Petra
Ginnie Hart: You're way too kind, Petra. These are "been there, done that" pics for those who have already been there. For me it was brand new! Thank you.
  • chris p
  • waiting for the first cuckoo!
  • 11 Apr 2007, 18:23
You've seen this restored Ginnie, last time we were there I think it was closed sad
Ginnie Hart: Ohhhh, I'm so sorry, Chris. Maybe you can go back now?

BTW, did your ears tickle you today? I found something and took a pic of it for you! One day (maybe next week) you'll see it. smile
  • Julischka
  • the centre of EU
  • 11 Apr 2007, 21:00
Looks like a lovely place. I'm always easily bothered if I want to take pictures and then there are so many people around who I don't want to be on my photo. wink But your picture is really beautiful! smile
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Julia. There are some places (like this) where you realize you'll never get a shot without people. So you have to live with it! Thanks for your comment.
Now i cant go to bath. Dont go to Rochester pls. Im off there soon. I watched a documentry on this recently. Very interesting place.
Ginnie Hart: Actually, Busola, I'd like to see a documentary on this place since I didn't listen to the audio tour. It's hard for me to take pics and do the audio tour at the same time, which is why we buy the books!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 11 Apr 2007, 21:46
Excellent shot and I like the composition. Thought for a moment the figures on the to there were real people with their two-tone blankets.
Ginnie Hart: HA! There was a statue on top of each column, Louis, so there were several. I've zoomed in on one of them for later, just for you. grin
  • Mia
  • 12 Apr 2007, 01:38
Personally, when I'm in such places... there's so much to see and capture and its quite frustrating that you cannot get it all in one shot (if its a panorama, something in the top or below gets left off!)

But your shot is definitely not one of "those" shots of mine, hehe. The added reflection in the bottom is excellent
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Mia. Thanks.
Nice colors and nice effect of reflection : Bravo !
Ginnie Hart: Awww. Thanks, Zeb.
  • Brad
  • 16 Apr 2007, 20:28
Having looked at your other photo's posted in black and white I prefer those to this one. This one shows just how filthy the water is, you have how ever done a wonderful job of capturing the green
Ginnie Hart: You know, Brad, I am increasing prefering B&W/sepia to color. Then I get commenters who say they like the colored shots. So now I'm trying to mix them up. But in the end, I'll show what I like, right? smile As my wise daughter often says (she's 34!), "This is YOUR blog, Mom. You can do whatever you want!" I try to remember that. smile

Thanks for your comment!
I just read Brad's comment and your reply because it's the one showing while I'm posting. I love the pics you've done in sepia/b&w, they really lend to the mood you're trying to capture. But this photo just looks so very rich in tones! I absolutely love it!
Ginnie Hart: I agree, Mad, and am glad I had the sense to keep this one in color. Thanks for the confirmation. I do find myself almost "knowing" which ones will do well for the conversion, which has been fun. Something new for me. smile
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK
  • 17 Apr 2007, 22:12
Bathing in these baths was possible into the late 1970's until a young girl died of meningitis. Apparently impurities had seeped into the water through old lead pipes.

I visited here once. You can take an audio tour, but I chose to tour without audio, and sense the place for myself. I was quite in awe as I tried to get my head round the fact that I was walking on some of the same stones that 2000 years ago, toga-clad Romans had walked, roaming the corridors, directing the steam and so on.

Worth a visit if you're in the area and the impressive Abbey is right next door too.

Travel brochure shot? Yes indeedy.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Colin, to add this wonderful text. I learn so much from commenters like you. I felt the same way when we were in Rome for a week a couple years ago. Some of the Christian apostles I grew up reading about walked there! I know exactly waht you mean!!!
  • Aussie
  • Queensland Austrailia
  • 28 Apr 2007, 12:43
Chunter tok the words right out of my mouth, I still look at my pics of bath in awe of being able to follow in the footsteps of the ancient romans. I didn't get the same feeling in Rome so I guess it was the fact they were not in their own country. What an adventure it would have been then. No few hours on a plane.
Great to see this here, G!
Did you enjoy your high tea at the cafe? wink
Ginnie Hart: No high tea for us that day, LC...we were with a tour. But maybe the next time? smile Thanks.

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